The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced their decision to extend the emergency declaration that relaxes the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations until July 14th with some modifications. The modification scales back some of the trucking operations that were covered under the earlier exemption. The modified emergency declaration allows regulatory relief for drivers providing direct assistance in support of emergency efforts related to the virus and is limited to transportation of:
- Livestock and livestock feed.
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
- Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
The previous versions allowed for a wider variety of goods to be included under the emergency declaration including fuel, raw materials, paper products and groceries.